In 2009 we felt the rhythm of her heart go “Düm Tek Tek” on the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Moscow.
And earlier this month Turkey‘s Hadise took to social media to reminisce about her times at the contest — and to share her hopes that TRT will return to Eurovision in the future.
On May 16, the 31-year-old stunner shared a photo from her eye-catching performance along with the following caption:
I hope my beautiful country will again participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. 8 years ago today I was on the stage during the finals and I still feel the energy I felt that day when I got on stage and saw our beautiful Turkish flag in everyone’s hands.
Turkey infamously withdrew from Eurovision back in 2013, citing their displeasure with the mixed jury/televote scoring system and the status and immediate qualification rights of the Big Five countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).
They even went as far as to participate in a Eurovision alternative — the Turkvision Song Contest.
Year after year, fans speculate that Turkey might return to the contest.
However, the broadcast seems to withdraw their interest at the eleventh hour every year.
Turkey was long considered one of the powerhouses of Eurovision.
Bringing their quintessential Eastern flavour to the contest, they managed to top the scoreboard in 2003 with Sertab Erener and “Every Way That I Can”, and earned a top ten placing eight times out of thirteen attempts this century, including from Hadise herself.
Do you think Turkey should make its return to Eurovision 2018 in Portugal? If so, which artist do you think could secure Turkey their second win? Let us know in the comments section below!